Lush greenery of indigenous forests, juicy green mountains, long coastal walks, stunning mountain and coastal hikes, close wildlife encounters, water adventures… Garden Route offers endless opportunities.
Hermanus Whale Watching & Nature Walks
Whales and whale watching in Hermanus, South Africa is THE place on the planet to see whales up close, as it is the place that the Southern Right whales come to from Antartica to give birth in the relatively warmer waters. One can watch whales breaching or simply lying on the surface of the water just 20m from the shore. As an optional extra, we propose a boat trip to get an even closer look at these majestic giants.
The hike to the 3 dams in the the Fernkloof Reserve is relaxed and lovely. One can swim and jump in to the water in a pristine setting following a small river up a narrow gorge. We will have lunch in a restaurant below the cliffs in a natural cave just next to the ocean. A remarkable restaurant serving very good food.
The seashore along the Hermanus coast is complete with white sandy beaches where one can dig for white mussels but it is also rocky with interesting rock pools with small fish, start fish, colourful sea urchins and other strange sea creatures, where children love to play and watch the tiny ecosystems at their fingertips.
The road back to Cape Town runs along the coast and is one of the most beautiful roads in South Africa. Following a dramatic coast line with cliffs, river outlets and lagoons, we will stop to watch the sun setting across False Bay into the sea.
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Wow! This was the most amazing experience I have ever been on!!! Irmina took me to see the most breathtaking views and beautiful wildlife of South Africa that are now my memories of a lifetime. Irmina was the perfect tour guide and customized the trip to what I wanted to see the most during my trip. Irmina is also very personable and kind and it felt like we’ve been friends for ages! We also went on so many secret adventures to see the hidden gems of South Africa that I absolutely loved! I highly recommend booking an experience with Irmina, as she truly loves and is very passionate and knowledgeable about what she does. You’ll learn so much on this tour! Thank you again so much, Irmina! I’m so grateful for this experience with you!
Tsitsikamma National Park | Storms River Mounth
The Tsitsikamma National Park forms a section of the Garden Route National Park and is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa.
The Mouth Trail is the most popular walk in the Tsitsikamma and starts at Sandy Bay and takes one along a winding board walk through indigenous forest to the mouth of the Storms River. Here visitors will cross the famous suspension bridge (one of three at the mouth) and see the Storms River Mouth Cave (Khoisan Heritage Site). For the more energetic, the trail continues after the bridge and leads up to the lookout point on the plateau.
The Waterfall Trail comprises the first 3km of the world-renowned Otter Trail. At the end of the 3km stretch along the rugged coastline, the spectacular waterfall, plunging into a deep pool, before flowing into the sea, will enchant you. Take along your bathing costume and a picnic.
Boesmanskloof Hike, Camp & Braai
2 day trip sample itinerary | Cape Town – Greyton – McGregor
We will pick you up in the morning and take a scenic drive from Cape Town through the Hottentot Holland mountain range. The Hottentots Holland mountain range is the barrier that encompasses the greater Cape Town area. It’s a huge and very dramatic mountain range.
On the way, we will stop in one of the oldest wineries of South Africa to get a taste of the best South African wine and have a lunch in one of the local restaurants.
After arrival, we will set the camp up and enjoy the most amazing uninterrupted by the city lights view of the milky way on the night sky. Dinner cooked over an open fire will be a perfect finish for this day full of adventures.
After restful night, we will enjoy the breakfast, pack up the campsite and head out to explore the Boesmanskloof area. We will hike the 12km long Boesmanskloof Trail with stunning views of the Riviersonderend Mountains. Along the way, we will find rock pools and bum slides, where we can enjoy swimming in the cool spring water and a picnic lunch. This is one of the most scenic “kloofs” in the Western Cape, and a definite must for any nature lover. After the hike we will drive back to Cape Town and drop you off at your accommodation.
Tell us where you want to be, and we will make a plan for you to get there. There is no limits. We are prepared for everything!
This was an incredible trip, weather was perfect, we enjoyed swimming in the beautiful waterfall pools, and we even found a rare orchid flower there 🙂 Irmina is very friendly and knowledgeable, she is a great guide. It would be very hard to organise such trip on your own, due to a lot of logistics and lack of knowledge on directions, very happy I joined this experience, 100 recommended!
Wildlife Close Encounters
Along Garden Route we can choose from a number of outstanding Private Game Reserves. To mention one, Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa coupled with responsible tourism and the most luxurious means of experiencing your African safari adventure.
Situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Shamwari Game Reserve is the malaria-free, safari holiday you’ve been searching for. Here you can experience wildlife such as the Big 5 in this 5 star setting stretching over 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes.
Bayethe Tented Lodge offers you the opportunity to immerse yourselves in utter tranquility, surrounded by the rich vegetation of this unique location that provides privacy and a feeling of seclusion with spectacular views of the African bush.
Game viewing drives are available for morning and evening trips, as this is when the animals are most active. You’ll be guided by one of our trained game rangers who’ll take you and your party through the reserve, encountering many animals along the way.